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Traveling Through Small Towns

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Getting off of the interstates and traveling through small towns is one of my favorite parts living the RVing lifestyle.

The picture below shows downtown Black Mountain, NC (population 6,000). The local funeral home throws a party every 4th of July complete with free BBQ and live music. They have done this for 10 years in a row.

I guess if they have a body on the 4th, they will just roll him out and let him enjoy the festivities.

By the way, you can see all of the traffic on the main street of downtown. I shot this picture about 10:30 Saturday morning.

When I think of small towns and traffic, below is another small town I like. This picture was shot about mid-afternoon on a Wednesday afternoon showing the traffic on the main street in downtown Cedar Key, FL (population 712).

If you look way down the street on the right side, you can see a car parked in front of the hotel. The hotel was built in 1859. It's the only hotel in town. There are no chain restaurants or chain hotels or motels within 30 miles of downtown. By the way, this picture was taken during the peak of the tourist season.

Bottom line: Yes, you have to get off of the beaten path to see the best parts of the country.

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